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Re: [vox-tech] question from a friend: cable modems in Davis?
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Re: [vox-tech] question from a friend: cable modems in Davis?

I too have had a good experience with Omsoft.  They're responsive and
adaptable.  In the last ~2 years, PacBell has installed several remote
switches in the outlying areas of Davis, so DSL availability and
quality, at the physical layer, is quite good (my impression).  Generally,
the closer one is to the central, or a remote, switch, the higher quality
the connection.  PacBell is by far the leading access provider, but there
is at least one other option, New Edge Networks.  A general advantage of 
DSL over cable modems is that your access speed is fixed and known.

I'm in South Davis and I had Pacific Bell DSL and Internet service in my 
location for a while. The "founding" roommate left and decided to take the 
DSL with her, so I had to find, in effect, "new" service. Even though our 
PacBell DSL was working fine, they wouldn't give us service--since starting 
our service they had changed the rules on the maximum distance to a switch, 
and we were just over the limit (it can be very hard to get this 
information). I couldn't convince anyone at PacBell to make it happen. Having 
dealt with PacBell annoyances previously, with my ISDN service, I decided it 
was time to explore alternatives.Long story short, Omsoft had the power to 
make it happen for me. Now, there are remote switches in many places in Davis 
and it's much easier to get service. 

I see Omsoft has a pretty good rebate offer on External ADSL Ethernet Modems 
for new service (PacBell provides the line access).  If one is planning to 
connect a Linux box to the DSL, it's much easier to deal with an external 
Ethernet connection.  Also, if one is planning to connect the DSL modem to a 
DSL router/firewall, you'll want an external Ethernet modem.  Of course, read 
the fine print.  Brand does matter--do some research.  Oh another bonus about 
Omsoft is you'll get a static IP.


On Wednesday 14 August 2002 09:23 am, Rod Roark wrote:
> On Wednesday 14 August 2002 08:36 am, Henry House wrote:
> > A friend asked me, Are cable modems available in Davis, and, if so, what
> > advantages and disadvantages to they have compared to DSL?  Since I have
> > not looked into broadband for some time, I am passing thequestion along
> > to the collective brain ;-).
> Last I checked (maybe 6 months ago) the local cable company
> does not offer them.
> Pros and cons would vary widely by provider (either for cable
> or DSL).  You want to check their terms & conditions carefully
> to see if they suit your intended use.  Omsoft has been good
> for me.  Dslreports.com is your friend.
> -- Rod
>    http://www.sunsetsystems.com/
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